The weekend doesn’t stop for the weather. Even if it’s below zero with wind chills of 30 below.
More than a few go-to spots for winter sports are closed due to the blustering winds and freezing temperatures. The Empire State Plaza Ice Rink is closed on Saturday, and both Willard and Windham ski centers are closed as well. Though Whiteface and a few other mountains anticipate opening over the weekend, hopeful skiers and snowboarders should call before heading to their mountain of choice.
For those who want to venture out into the tundra -- or those who’d really rather just stay cozied up at home for the weekend -- here are a few things to do to avoid feeling like you lost weekend to the weather.
Twelfth Night Celebration at Schuyler Mansion
If you’re somewhere in between wanting to venture out and wanting to be cozy, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site is your best bet. From 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, the mansion is hosting an open house with live music, 18th century holiday foods, bonfires, period re-enactors, and wassail toasts.
The Crailo State Historic Site, located just across the river from Schuyler Mansion, is joining in on the celebration. There will be hearthside cooking, Yuletide decorations and festive traditions of the 18th century.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $1 for children. For more information, call 518-434-0834. Schuyler Mansion is located at 32 Catherine St. in Albany.
The app Instacart allows you to get all the groceries needed for the weekend without shoveling the driveway (for the third time today). Price Chopper and Market 32 offer their products on the app and offer same-day delivery. For more information visit instacart.com.
If you neglected to grab wine when the thermometer was above zero, you’re in luck. Through an app called Drizly, you can order a bottle or two from Madison Wine and Spirits out of Albany. There is a $5 service fee, but you can shop the entire inventory of Madison Wine and Spirits from home. Other local liquor shops, like Empire Wines and Spirits, offer express shipping and curbside pick-up.
Bowling is always a cozy option. There are the classic hometown bowling alleys like Spare Time or Sportsman’s Bowl in Schenectady. If you’re looking for something less traditional, try Lucky Strike Social in Crossgates Mall. Beyond bowling, there’s Modern Round, a virtual shooting range game, and a rec room (with ping pong, billiards, corn hole, etc.)
New York State Museum
The State Museum is always a good option, especially for kids. Beyond their permanent exhibitions, the museum also has an exhibit celebrating women’s suffrage, the Erie Canal and New York State’s contributions during World War I. There will also be a tour of the New York State Educational Building from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Reservations are required and can be made at nysm.nysed.gov.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Via Aquarium, this weekend is a good time to go, especially if you have kids. Beyond seahorses, lion fish, sun coral, and plenty of other creatures to see, the aquarium also offers Conservation Artistry. They’re arts and crafts that take anywhere between five and 10 minutes to complete and are included with admission. For more information visit viaaquarium.com.
Warm up with “Chicago,” which is hitting Proctors this weekend. Going to a show might cure some of the cabin fever and the Broadway tour is well worth seeing. Proctors is also showing the film “Murder on the Orient Express” and the documentary “LBJ” for just $6 a ticket. Other theaters like Spectrum 8 Theatres are showing a variety of films, including Hollywood blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and others, along with independent films.
Netflix released no less than 87 shows and movies last week, including: “The Polka King,” “The Conjuring,” “Grace and Frankie,” and others. Amazon Prime and HBO Go have also added a few shows and movies to their lists, so there are more than a few binge-worthy things to watch if leaving the house is not an option.